Recent Announcements


Bishop of San Jose Appoints Fr. Hurley, Vicar for Evangelization

posted Jul 25, 2017, 8:42 PM by John Hurley   [ updated Jul 25, 2017, 8:46 PM ]

In April, 2017, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath appointed Fr. Hurley, Vicar of the new Department for Evangelization.  In this capacity, he oversees Offices for Faith Formation, Youth and Young Adutls, Liturgy, Hispanic Apostolate, Social Ministries and the Institute for Lay Ministry.  In this capacity, is able to remained involved in many of his national engagements.  In this capacity, he also oversees diocesan leadership with the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference. 

Bishop of San Diego Appoints Fr. Hurley to Coordinate Synod

posted Sep 16, 2016, 9:04 PM by John Hurley   [ updated Nov 11, 2016, 4:28 PM ]

In May, 2016, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego asked Fr. Hurley to coordinate a Diocesan Synod focusing on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of Love. Approximately 130 delegates  are appointed, 24 priests from the Priests' Council and Deans.  The remaining pastors will nominate a parishioner to serve as a delegate.  Bishop's Pastoral Message, Embracing the Joy of Love focuses on five challenges.  Five challenge working groups will meet between August 20 and October 1, 2016.  Listening sessions will be conducted in the parishes by the delegates and their particular challenge.  All this leads up to a Synod General Assembly, October 29/30, 2016.

October 2014 Appointments

posted Nov 20, 2014, 4:38 PM by John Hurley

In October 2014, Fr. Hurley was appointed adjunct faculty member of the new Academy of Church Leadership at Santa Clara University.  This program is designed for pastors and those designated to become pastors. The first cohort of 20 pastors will begin the three-year program in mid-November, 2014.  

The Diocese of San Jose formed a new Office for Evangelization on July 1, 2014. Shortly after his arrival back in San Francisco, Fr. Hurley met with Bishop McGrath and Fr. Joe Kim, the new director of the office.  Since then, he is a consultant with the Office of Evangelization and is working closely with Fr. Kim.

New Evangelization Strategies Launched

posted Mar 5, 2014, 7:36 AM by John Hurley   [ updated Apr 4, 2014, 4:00 PM ]

Paulist Father John Hurley is launching a timely national initiative for the Paulists, New Evangelization Strategies which will be based in downtown San Francisco at one of the oldest Paulist foundations in the United States, Old Saint Mary's Cathedral.  Father Hurley will serve as a missionary and consultant to pastoral leaders and others in keeping ministry mission focused with the joy of the Gospel.  This initiative is a response to Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium/The Joy of the Gospel where he says, "I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities." Father Hurley hopes to take up residence in San Francisco in late June, 2014.

Mid-Atlantic Congress closes Paulist Father John Hurley's service to the Archdiocese of Baltimore

posted Mar 4, 2014, 8:19 PM by John Hurley   [ updated Apr 4, 2014, 4:00 PM ]

In 2009, then Archbishop Edwin O'Brien invited Paulist Father John Hurley to facilitate a planning process for the reconfiguration of many offices at the Catholic Center in Baltimore, MD.  At the conclusion of the planning process in January of 2010, little did Father Hurley know that months later the Archbishop would invite him to oversee the new department which would be launched in July of 2010.  His service as Executive Director of the Department of Evangelization embraced Catechetical and Pastoral Formation, Campus Ministry, Deaf Ministry, Disabilities Ministry, Marriage and Family Life, Prison Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Worship, Youth and Young Adults and the Msgr. O'Dwyer Retreat House for youth.  A major initiative began shortly after his arrival in the archdiocese with the Association of Catholic Publishers, the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Catholic Leaders.  He along with Paul Henderson served as co-chairs with Therese Brown, the MAC General Coordinator.  On Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the closing celebration, Bishop Mitch Rozanski, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore kissed the Book of the Gospels, closed it and blessed over 1400 present and said, "Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord." Father Hurley did just that and brought his service to a close in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  A good friend and colleague, Msgr. Adam Parker will serve as Interim Executive Director while the national search goes on.  Father Hurley will be on sabbatical as he prepares to launch his new national initiative, New Evangelization Ministries, based in San Francisco in June 2014 at Old Saint Mary's Cathedral where he served as pastor from 1991-1997.

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